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Ghostwalk | [Rebecca Stott]

Ghostwalk

A Cambridge historian is found drowned, clutching a glass prism in her hand. The book she was writing about Isaac Newton's involvement with alchemy remains unfinished. When her son, Cameron, asks his former lover, Lydia Brooke, to ghostwrite the missing final chapters of his mother's book, Lydia agrees and moves into Elizabeth's house. Soon Lydia discovers that the violence that has fallen across present-day Cambridge may have its origins in the troubling evidence that Elizabeth's research has unearthed.
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Publisher's Summary

A Cambridge historian, Elizabeth Vogelsang, is found drowned, clutching a glass prism in her hand. The book she was writing about Isaac Newton's involvement with alchemy, the culmination of her lifelong obsession with the 17th century, remains unfinished. When her son, Cameron, asks his former lover, Lydia Brooke, to ghostwrite the missing final chapters of his mother's book, Lydia agrees and moves into Elizabeth's house: a studio in an orchard where the light moves restlessly across the walls. Soon Lydia discovers that the shadow of violence that has fallen across present-day Cambridge, which escalates into a series of murders, may have its origins in the troubling evidence that Elizabeth's research has unearthed.

Filled with evocative descriptions of Cambridge, past and present, Ghostwalk centers around a real historical mystery that Rebecca Stott has uncovered involving Newton's alchemy. Time and relationships are entangled - the present with the 17th century and figures from the past with the love-torn 21st century woman who is trying to discover their secrets.

A stunningly original display of scholarship and imagination, and a gripping story of desire and obsession, Ghostwalk is a rare debut that will change the way most of us think about scientific innovation, the force of history, and time itself.

©2007 Rebecca Stott; (P)2007 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"British historian Stott makes a stunning debut with this hypnotic and intelligent thriller....Much more than a clever whodunit, this taut, atmospheric novel with its twisty interconnections between past and present will leave readers hoping Stott has many more stories in her future." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Karen College Park, MD, United States 04-26-12
    Karen College Park, MD, United States 04-26-12 Member Since 2006

    I am a copyeditor, freelance writer, and history graduate student. I'm working on my first novel, a Steampunk adventure/mystery.

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    "Not really spooky, but definitely mysterious"
    Where does Ghostwalk rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is probably in the top five books that I've listened to. At first I thought I wasn't going to like the story because it seemed as though it was going to be more about relationships than ghosts, but that lasted for about five minutes before I got sucked into the story. I think the narrator does a great job and I really felt like she was the author speaking, not just someone doing an interpretation.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was well told and not predictable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't remember, but I really enjoyed the scenes at the cottage and how the light played across the ceiling as though thrown by an invisible prism. The description was eerie and beautiful and mysterious


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, only because I can't sit still that long! I listen to books while commuting, but there were a couple of times I sat in my car a few minutes after getting home to finish up a scene


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a student of history so this appealed to me on several levels -- not the least because I was also writing a research paper on Newton at the same time. I enjoyed the fictional aspects of the story, but I listened closely for historical details, too ... and they're there. Check out the author's website if you are interested in Newton's history.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lehua Volcano, HI, USA 04-10-08
    Lehua Volcano, HI, USA 04-10-08 Member Since 2002
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    "Say what?"

    This nonsense wandered here and there to no apparent point, and little interest. It was fatally crippled to start with, with her game-y presentation, as talking to her boyfriend. As she described the goings on to him, that he'd been present at and part of, it was just too lame to bear. And even without that, people's actions and reactions didn't ring true. The ghosts were also unconvincing. Either the plot or the subplot could have been very interesting, but ended up limp and flabby.

    AUDIO: Another good reader -- yay! She has a nice voice and good skills. Unfortunately, due to the gormless content, she frequently sounds like one's ding-y aunt who always wants to heal you with crystals.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Katy J. Berner Amherst, NY United States 02-10-08
    Katy J. Berner Amherst, NY United States 02-10-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Not Very Good"

    Although I somewhat enjoyed this book, it just wasn't all that great. The story is completely unbelievable and has giant holes that don't make a whole lot of sense. I kept waiting for the story to get better, but it didn't. It tried too hard to mix too many ideas together in one place, and the mixing of the stories didn't come together like a beautiful ballet, but more like a forced crash. There were some redeeming factors, and I did enjoy some parts of the story, but it was too much for one book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Brady New York, NY United States 12-06-07
    Kathryn Brady New York, NY United States 12-06-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Boring!!"

    This book was so boring it seemed to go on forever. Good bedtime reading...if you want to go to sleep.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Sabin 05-26-07
    Bruce Sabin 05-26-07 Member Since 2004
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    "Boooorrrriing!!"

    Listening to this book, I find my mind wandering so much I'm surprised that I even know what's going on. The narration is slow and stilted. I'm about half way done and will be surprised if I even finish listening to this claptrap. I am hoping that there will be a tie in to Isaac Newton and animal rights radicals.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Marla Independence, MO, United States 10-01-12
    Marla Independence, MO, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2005

    I've always loved books. Even before I could read I've loved them. Fact or Fiction, I love books. I'd sooner read a book than see a movie.

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    "Overall too long and dull as dishwater."
    What disappointed you about Ghostwalk?

    Never new where she was leading. Her love interest was an ass and she should have know that. Stupid ending.


    What was most disappointing about Rebecca Stott’s story?

    Too much dull talking and teasing that lead to nothing.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance could have been better if she had other parts to read.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Ghostwalk?

    All of them.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't bother with this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen S. Garvin Maryland 04-26-12
    Karen S. Garvin Maryland 04-26-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Not really spooky, but definitely mysterious"
    Where does Ghostwalk rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    This is probably in the top five books that I've listened to. At first I thought I wasn't going to like the story because it seemed as though it was going to be more about relationships than ghosts, but that lasted for about five minutes before I got sucked into the story. I think the narrator does a great job and I really felt like she was the author speaking, not just someone doing an interpretation.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was well told and not predictable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't remember, but I really enjoyed the scenes at the cottage and how the light played across the ceiling as though thrown by an invisible prism. The description was eerie and beautiful and mysterious


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, only because I can't sit still that long! I listen to books while commuting, but there were a couple of times I sat in my car a few minutes after getting home to finish up a scene


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a student of history so this appealed to me on several levels -- not the least because I was also writing a research paper on Newton at the same time. I enjoyed the fictional aspects of the story, but I listened closely for historical details, too ... and they're there. Check out the author's website if you are interested in Newton's history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    B. R. Paschen Chicago 03-07-08
    B. R. Paschen Chicago 03-07-08 Member Since 2005

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    "Ghostwalk"

    This book was OK, but the plot moved way, way too slowly. Also, the reader was reading.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Philadelphia, PA, USA 02-20-08
    Douglas Philadelphia, PA, USA 02-20-08
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    "Too much romantic fluff not enough history"

    For the most part I enjoyed this book, however,I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more if there had been less "romantic fluff" going on inside the main characters head, and more content around Newton and alchemy. All of her supposition and wistful wonderings about her lover just seemed to over shadow the historical parts of the story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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